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Posted in: Tokyo reports 41 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 391 See in context

I think numbers will keep going down unless a new variant emerges. Most Japanese will continue wearing masks, washing hands, etc, out of habit/custom for some time so I don't expect a big change in the trend. In contrast with some other countries like England where they have basically stopped wearing masks and numbers are going up again.

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Posted in: Fujitsu, Trend Micro collaborate for connected car security See in context

Oh no! Imagine what it will be like. Your car will be constantly trying to update, give you endless nagging massages about upgrades and subscription deals while at the same time slowing your whole system down.

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Posted in: LDP seeks defense spending boost beyond 2% of GDP See in context

Well, that was fast. So much for.... er.... what was it? Oh that's right, income redistribution. Straight into the bin labeled empty election promises.

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim says U.S. is 'root cause' of tensions See in context

The NK regime is locked into the narrative of blaming the US for all it's self-inflicted problems and will not change as it completely relies on blaming the US and SK to remain in power. So, there is really no chance of lasting peace or stability on the Korean peninsula. Personally, I miss the more colorful language that used to be used in their propaganda. Bring it back. It was good for a laugh.

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Posted in: China's Xi says reunification with Taiwan must happen See in context

Verbal threats with lots of military jets flying provocatively close. Well Pooh, you really are stirring the pot hard on this one. Is there trouble brewing at home and you need to drum up support? Or is it you just need a diversion? Remember don't go too hard. You don't want to lose those foreign markets because that's where the honey comes from. And of course there's Olympics to think about too. You'll want all your friends there smiling with you.

PS. Putin will be there but he never smiles, and Kim is too afraid of Covid to come.

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Posted in: Kishida instructs cabinet to come up with economic package specifics See in context

Totally agree towingtheline. Give people shopping vouchers to spend at place like shops, restaurants, hotels etc and have a short use by date so they can't hoard. That would actually stimulate the economy. But you know it's all just a whitewash. The LDP will do what they always do and line the pockets of businesses that support them. "New Capitalism" and wealth redistribution are just election soundbites.

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Posted in: William Shatner, 90, will fly to space aboard Blue Origin rocket See in context

To boldly go in search of dancing green women. Good luck Jim.

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Posted in: New Zealand drops 'COVID zero' goal after Delta outbreak See in context

Right decision and shows real leadership by making swift change with a clear new strategy. The lockdown bought enough time for those who wanted to get vaccinated to do so. 79.1% have had at least one shot and the remaining 20% will probably never take it. Time to reduce restrictions and this can be done gradually so cases don't go through the roof and hospitals don't get overwhelmed.

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Posted in: United Airlines to dismiss 593 workers who refused vaccines See in context

Be interesting to see how many suddenly change their minds and get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Johnny Ramone's guitar sells for more than $900,000 See in context

Same. Loudest band I ever saw. After about 3 songs I couldn't even tell them apart. All I could make out was 1234. That guitar probably belongs in the Guinness Book for the most noise made.

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Posted in: Japan's universities tightening background checks on foreign students See in context

Unfortunately any Chinese student, especially those with family in China, can be made to divulge information and act on behalf of the CCP regardless of background.

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Posted in: North Korea proposes talks if S Korea stops hostility See in context

Exactly right GdTokyo. Is this a joke from NK? Stop your hostile policy??? What are they talking about? Have they been watching too many Rambo movies? Or maybe they can't handle Kpop. Watch out NK - we have BTS locked and loaded, and they are coming for you! I love NK diplomacy. They either have a very strange sense of humor or they are just very weird and paranoid. Probably the latter. Scary like the pic.

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Posted in: Clint Eastwood back in the saddle at 91 for 'Cry Macho' See in context

Inspirational.

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Posted in: 10% of Japanese firms to add regular staff after minimum pay hike: survey See in context

I think the real reason they plan to increase the number of regular staff is that they will find it increasingly difficult to find nonregular staff, especially given the relatively low pay rates. There are fewer younger people entering the workforce or attending universities and there are fewer international students or youth on working holiday type visas coming to Japan. Adding to this trend is a move towards people valuing their leisure time more and living frugally as opposed to working more hours. Some just see low pay rates and no benefits as simply not worth it. Those businesses that rely on part time staff as their business model will find it increasing tough going. Expect to see competition push rates higher than the minimum wage over the next few years and some businesses fail.

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Posted in: North Korea appears to have restarted nuclear reactor: U.N. agency See in context

Seems they might be gearing up for a little fireworks display to get attention.

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Posted in: New Zealand reports 1st virus vaccine death See in context

Be a great achievement if they can contain it and reduce numbers. Save a lot of lives. Even if they can't get back to zero it buys valuable time while they vaccinate. Notice there has been a lot of negative press about NZ's approach. Basic human nature to not like it when someone else is doing better?

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Posted in: Japanese man says 'I’m a Vietnamese' while pointing knife at convenience store worker to rob her See in context

Send him to jail...in Vietnam!

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

At first I thought this was nuts but considering many of these kids are taking public transportation and being crammed into school rooms with limited ventilation anyway they may as well be outside. It's past the point of containment in Japan and would be good for the children.

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Posted in: Lockdowns or vaccines? NZ, Australia, Japan try diverging paths See in context

NZ didn't choose a strict lockdown because it has has a choice. It doesn't. NZ hospitals, which already have long waiting lists for non-essential surgery, would be completely overwhelmed within 3-4 weeks if the Delta virus was just let loose. Even with a level 4 (highest) lockdown hospital capacity will be stretched. The lockdown allows a window of time to massively ramp up vaccination and it has also, so far, spared the south island and many rural parts of NZ of any cases. NZ may not be able to eliminate the virus this time, but the lockdown strategy will enable them to avoid an ongoing surge and catastrophic loss of life that is slowly unfolding elsewhere.

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

Very hard to imagine there will be anything resembling a lockdown in Japan as it would require politicians and the government bureaucracy to take real action and responsibility. Suga's remark suggests there is no appetite for that. It would also require a shift of priority away from business/economy to people's health and wellbeing which is something they are unwilling to do as demonstrated by the Olympics and lack of social/financial support. Expect more urging and empty announcements over the next few months from an ineffectual government.

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Posted in: Taliban promise women's rights, security under Islamic rule See in context

Wait and see. It will take time before we see their version of law and order. At least so far there haven't been mass executions.

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

The Kabul govt fell a lot faster than many predicted. Probably shows just how unpopular it really was. If the US /Nato had stayed it would have been endless conflict propping up a corrupt inept govt. Better it ends fast with less bloodshed. The Great Game ends again.

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Posted in: Toddler fatally shoots woman during work video call in Florida See in context

Guns do not make people safer.

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Posted in: New Zealand plans to start reopening borders early next year See in context

Good. Can't wait to visit and lose the mask for a while.

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Posted in: Gov't policy to only hospitalize critical COVID patients draws flak See in context

Hmmm. Don't like where this is going. If the govt has to backpedal on this stupid proposal which looks very likely then the only way Suga & clowns can restrict admissions to hospital is to make testing criteria even tighter. In other words, you might not get a test unless you have severe symptoms. Watch testing numbers. Not good.

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Posted in: Who's next? Jodie Whittaker to leave 'Doctor Who' in 2022 See in context

I like the old Patrick Troughton era. IMO recent doctors have been too self confident, righteous and predictable.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate falls to 2.9% in June See in context

2.9% - really? There are many underemployed people who do not meet the criteria for being unemployed. Japan wins the gold in the mastering the art of number fudging for political purposes competition.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

When he made his request I hope he used the magic word...yen

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

chotto muzukashi... Wow! If he'd said that a month ago it would have been a big no-go

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Posted in: Asian shares fall on virus variant worries, Wall St retreat See in context

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